The sanitary workers of San Francisco are on a strike and naturally, Mr. Monk is appalled by the ferocious smell the neglected garbage is causing. The head of the union is mysteriously murdered which makes matters worse. Monk desperately seeks out the murderer so that the garbage of the streets can be quickly disposed. Distracted by the stench, Monk makes false assumptions of the who the real murderer is making him wrong for the first time. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode contains a few "firsts": This is the first episode to have more than one "Here's What Happened" sequence. In fact, it has three. This is the first time that Monk has let his morals slip (not that it was intended, keep in mind the fact that the city reeks of garbage). See more
When Mayor Nicholson leaves city hall by the back door and encounters Monk, he grabs the umbrella from his aide Cutler. When they cut away at the car, Cutler again has the umbrella and then back to Nicholson on the next shot. See more
Here's what happened.
I mean, here's what *really* happened.